If you study or have studied at Griffith, you may recognise QTAC (the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre). But did you know that QTAC exists today because of Griffith University?
As far back as 1973, Griffith University had been agitating for the establishment of a central tertiary admissions centre.
All of Queensland’s tertiary institutions were struggling with the inefficiencies of the existing admissions process. A centralised system would administer admission applications for all Queensland institutions, including TAFE (Technical and Further Education) colleges and CAE’s (Colleges of Advanced Education), and it would make applying for higher education much easier and efficient for aspiring students.
In August 1975, and after close collaboration between Griffith University and the University of Queensland (UQ), QTAC opened. Griffith and UQ admission applications for the 1976 academic year were the first to be processed through this centralised system.
In 1976, QTAC was processing the enrolment applications for all of Queensland’s tertiary institutions – there were 13 institutions at the time.
For more on the history and establishment of QTAC, visit the Griffith Archive’s QTAC webpage.